The number of used cars with serious warnings against their history is on the rise, and it’s particularly bad news for those who own or are considering buying a Vauxhall Corsa.
New data shows that serious warnings, including those marked as stolen, written off or with outstanding finance, have rise to more than 30 per cent since the start of the year.
The figures, obtained from paid-for history checks on the My Car Check website, show that the Corsa appears in various guises in the top three list for the three most serious categories.
The B-segment Vauxhall took top and third spot for models with outstanding finance. More than 29 per cent of Corsa SXI ACs put through a check were found to have some finance outstanding against them, and 26.4 per cent of SE models threw up a problem. The two models sandwiched the Range Rover Sport TDV6 HSE, of which 28.6 per cent had finance issues.
For cars at risk of having been previously written off the Citroen C1 VTR topped the table. An astonishing 50.9 per cent of cars checked were found to have been classified as a write-off. The Corsa was close behind, with 49.1 per cent of SXI AC models and 48.7 per cent of Limited Edition cars likewise having been written off.
While cars classed as category C or D write-offs can be put back on the road and sold those in A and B cannot be resold, exposing unwitting buyers to safety and financial risks.
It was bad news, too, for those considering or owning the hot Corsa VXR, with 9.3 per cent of vehicles checked having been reported stolen, just behind the Ford Fiesta Titanium and ahead of the Focus RS.
Mark Bailey, head of CDL Vehicle Information Systems, which owns mycarcheck.com, said: “These new figures show the risks associated with the UK’s most popular used vehicles and why it is so important to check before you buy.
“Given its unwanted appearances at the top of our write-off, finance and stolen charts, secondhand Corsa buyers in particular need to know what they’re getting into.”
Serious warnings cover vehicles with outstanding finance; those with mismatched VIN; with a vehicle identity check warning; and cars that have been stolen, exported, destroyed, scrapped or classed as a write-off by an insurer.
The proportion of checks throwing up one or more of these issues rose from 25.6 per cent in 2015 to 28.5 per cent in 2016 and reached 30.8 per cent in the first six months of this year.